According to a recent study, taking birth control could increase your risk of heart disease, even after you've stopped taking it. Dr. Jennifer Mieres, a cardiologist at NYU med school says, "What's happening is that being on oral contraceptives for 10 years seems to accelerate or hasten that buildup of plaque in the vessels. I think its doing that because these women on oral contraceptives have higher than normal blood pressure or higher than optimal blood pressure." This is the first study that has shown that even after you stop taking birth control, you are still at risk for a greater arterial plaque buildup. The scientists behind the study are saying women shouldn't panic, but they should be aware of the risk.

They should also try to combat the other possible causes of heart disease, including smoking, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle. Every time we read one of these new studies we consider just never leaving the house. And eating nothing but kale.

Birth Control Pill's Heart Risks Extend to Ex-Users [ABC News]